With the latest launch of The New York Occasions-produced documentary, “Framing Britney Spears,” and Phoebe Bridgers going through backlash over her Saturday Evening Dwell guitar smash, ladies proceed to face highs and lows within the music business. And for Athens artists Lane Marie and Aspen Anonda, that is no exception.
Lane Marie O’Kelley, who goes by the stage identify Lane Marie, is a College of Georgia alumna who graduated in 2017. And different native feminine artist, Aspen Countryman, or identified on stage as Aspen Anonda, is a UGA senior finding out promoting and music enterprise.
Two artists who describe their sound as a mix of indie and pop, each O’Kelley and Countryman have discovered their area of interest throughout the Athens music scene.
“Joke — I all the time mentioned, ‘I’m not going to remain in Athens,’” O’Kelley mentioned. “I visited a number of totally different music cities, and Athens all the time felt simply a lot extra inviting and welcoming as a musician, so I caught round.”
Just like O’Kelley, Countryman mentioned that the Athens music business is all about forming neighborhood and celebrating different musicians’ achievements.
“I simply completely find it irresistible,” Countryman mentioned. “Everybody in Athens that performs music desires to know everybody else in Athens that performs music. Everybody’s so open and so rattling type and able to rejoice one another’s successes.”
Though O’Kelley and Countryman admire sure elements of the Athens music scene, each admit that being a lady within the music business comes with its fair proportion of challenges.
“[The music industry] is such a boys membership,” O’Kelley mentioned. “Athens is nice as a result of I’ve by no means felt pushed out … but it surely’s such as you’re all the time going to be a little bit outdoors of that boys membership.”
O’Kelly believes that basically, feminine artists are acknowledged extra for his or her look and repute fairly than their precise music.
“There’s so many instances that I’ll see feminine artists get a number of consideration, however just for their appears to be like and never for his or her music,” O’Kelley mentioned. “It’s not nearly appears to be like –– they’re additionally creating actually cool, stunning music. However individuals are not giving the time to take heed to [them] as a result of we’re such a looks-based business.”
Countryman mentioned there have been instances the place as a feminine, she has felt uncomfortable on stage. When feeling disrespected by male viewers members, Countryman mentioned she acknowledged that this isn’t a sense that male musicians must expertise.
“There’s a number of drunk guys,” Countryman mentioned. “Loads of bartenders or homeowners of eating places have had my again and have jumped in to guard me, however simply the truth that it needed to occur within the first place. Males not leaving me alone, males making an attempt to seize the mic, males making an attempt to the touch me whereas I stroll to the toilet. … Guys don’t must take care of it.”
Each O’Kelley and Countryman really feel that whereas ladies within the business might take care of undue stress, it creates a powerful camaraderie amongst feminine artists.
“Once you’re with feminine artists it simply feels secure and comfy,” O’Kelley mentioned. “There’s this sense of empathy and perspective and security that I really feel after I’m in a present with feminine artists.”
Countryman echoes O’Kelley, feeling that her bonds with different feminine artists are one thing worthwhile. She mentioned that when interacting with different feminine songwriters, she usually feels an instantaneous connection, as if these ladies are her supportive and dependable teammates. In distinction, she feels as if male artists might really feel a stronger sense of competitors with one another.
“I really feel like there’s a extremely intense, loyal connection if you discover one other badass feminine songwriter that’s out making an attempt to pave her means. … And I don’t assume that guys essentially get that as shortly,” Countryman mentioned. “We’re not in competitors. The world is totally ample — there’s a lot house for all of us to create on the similar time.”
Trying ahead, O’Kelley mentioned she hopes that ladies in music are more and more acknowledged for his or her artwork and expertise versus floor degree options. On the finish of the day, it must be concerning the music, she mentioned.
“What I hope for feminine artists is that they … are taken critically not for his or her appears to be like or their genders, however taken critically for his or her expertise and arduous work and their creativity,” O’Kelley mentioned. “And that folks [will] see that first –– their music.”